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It’s Time to Bring Back the Mile

October 31, 2012

By Donald Buraglio and Mike Dove, The Running Life

Look at any list of the top sporting accomplishments of all time, and Roger Bannister's four-minute Mile will be near the very top. It was the culmination of a quest that captivated the world, and an iconic moment that ultimately transcended sports. On a blustery spring day at Oxford University's Iffley Road track, Bannister accomplished a feat that many observers considered physically impossible.

On the 440-yard tracks of the day, the one-Mile race and Bannister's accomplishment had an especially elegant symmetry to it: four laps, one minute per lap. Races were timed by sweep-arm stopwatches, and a runner on four-minute pace would circle the track in perfect synchronicity with the second hand of the watch.

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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